In a lot of leagues a 12-4 conference record would be enough to win you a league title, but in the marathon 20 game MAAC schedule 12-4 is only good enough for a tie for third place with four games to go. Qunnipiac and Canisius are both looking to make the final push to catch Iona (14-2) and Manhattan (13-4) and meet in Buffalo tonight to jockey for position.
Quinnipiac is riding a five game winning streak and shown the ability to beat anyone in the league (split with Iona, swept Manhattan). Zaid Hearst and Ike Azotam are the guys to watch for the Bobcats. Hearst, a 6-4 guard, is dropping 15.6 points per game and grabbing over 7 rebounds and the big man Hearst is averaging 16.9 points and 10.9 rebounds. Slow down Hearst and you have a great chance to beat the Bobcats, they are only 5-5 in games he doesn't have a double-double (12-3 when he does).
Canisius sat at 10-2 at the start of the month, but lost to Manhattan and Iona at home two weeks ago to drop them out of the drivers seat. Last week Billy Baron put the team on scoring 34 with six rebounds against Niagara and then went all 55 minutes in a 3OT win over Siena where he put up a 40/10 stat line (and if you are one of the people who didn't like Doug McDermott being the MMBOW then count Baron as the guy this week).
These are the second and third best offenses in the MAAC so expect a lot of buckets tonight as both teams make the final push towards Springfield for the MAAC Tournament.
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